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General and Regional Histories

General and Regional Histories
  • World Map of Al-Idrissi, 1158 © Taurus Design

UNESCO has launched a series of collected works - People writing their own history. Instead of just tracing the past of nations, these collections aim to provide a greater understanding of civilizations.

The world's memory is composed of more than just kings and heroes, battles and conquests, great cathedrals and monumental undertakings.

Through this broad perspective, readers gain a global understanding of the evolution of societies, flourishing of cultures, major currents of exchange and interaction with other parts of the world.

These collections also aim to provide a culturally relevant perspective. They provide the point of view of the populations concerned, whose past has often been distorted, discredited or treated as peripheral to the history of the colonizers and the dominant nations – those who usually write history. The idea here is to rediscover a people's consciousness and the vision it develops of its own destiny. This shift in perspective is reflected by the significant number of local historians, with impeccable academic credentials, who contributed to these collections as editors and authors.


  • 03-06-2010
UNESCO conference to design general history syllabus for African schools (Tripoli, 10-17 June)
  • 07-10-2009
Director-General opens Symposium of the UNESCO General and Regional Histories
  • 01-10-2009
UNESCO presents unique collection of General and Regional Histories
  • 22-01-2009
Publication of final volume of UNESCO’s General History of Latin America

Symposium on the UNESCO General and Regional Histories, 5 and 6 October 2009: Final Report
Remarks by H. E. D. Hamadziripi, Chairman of the Africa group in UNESCO at the meeting of the Scientific Commitee for the pedagogical use of the general history of Africa, Paris, 20 March 2009
Allocution de Mme Françoise Rivière, Sous-Directrice générale de la culture : Réunion d’experts sur le projet « l’Utilisation pédagogique de l’Histoire générale de l’Afrique au siège de l'UNESCO
History of Humanity - Volume IV: From the Seventh to the Sixteenth Century
Historia General de América Latina - Volumen VIII: América Latina desde 1930